“I want to be fighting guys like Robert Whittaker, Paulo Costa,” says Jack Hermansson after his victory over Edmen Shahbazyan

The UFC Middleweight fighter, Jack Hermansson wants a crack at the top 5 of the division with his latest victory against Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC Vegas 27.

Jack Hermansson, Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa
Jack Hermansson, Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa

The number 7th ranked UFC Middleweight fighter Jack Hermansson secured a unanimous decision win against the number 10th ranked Middleweight fighter Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC Vegas 27.

Hermansson came into this fight with a loss against Marvin Vettori in his last fight on UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Vettori and he came back to win column with a win in this one.

Now being back to winning and having won six out of his last eight fights, Jack Hermansson is looking to test himself against the top 5 ranked fighters of the Middleweight division.

In the post-fight interview at UFC Vegas 27, ‘The Joker’ says, “I want to be fighting guys like Robert Whittaker, Paulo Costa, the winner of Brunson and Till could be a potential fight, so yeah, those guys,” {H/T MMA Junkie}

 “It depends when I have a good opponent, but I want one more fight this year for sure. If any of the big guys are ready for me this year, I’m up for it.”

Jack Hermansson is glad he secured a victory against Shahbazyan

Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan
Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan

The fight between Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan was supposed to take place for UFC 262 but due to COVID protocols, this fight got postponed one week further.

Hermansson isn’t sure his performance got affected by COVID but he didn’t feel his 100 percent in this fight. Although, he is glad he got a victory in this major matchup.

He added, “I’m really happy I got the victory, especially after having COVID and stuff. I didn’t know how my body was going to react out there. I wasn’t happy with the first round of the fight.” {H/T MMA Junkie}

“I couldn’t find my timing or anything like that, but as the fight went, I managed to change my approach and get the fight to the ground and do what I do best.”

The upper class of the UFC middleweight division is already booked to face each other and only Robert Whittaker isn’t booked to face anyone. It will be interesting to see how things will play out for ‘The Joker’.

Also Read: UFC Vegas 27: Jack Hermansson def Edmen Shahbazyan via Unanimous Decision.